September 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama says 'stay calm,' McCain camp slams Democrats

 Sen. Barack Obama says he thinks lawmakers will be able to get a rescue package through Congress.
Sen. Barack Obama says he thinks lawmakers will be able to get a rescue package through Congress.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama expressed confidence Monday that lawmakers would come through with a financial rescue package, while John McCain's campaign accused Obama and Democrats of putting "politics ahead of country."

Obama told voters at a campaign event in Denver, Colorado, that it's important to "stay calm, because things are never smooth in Congress."

"There are going to be some bumps and trials and tribulations and ups and downs before we get this rescue package done," he said. "I'm confident that we are going to get there, but it's going to be a little rocky."

Shortly before Obama's event, the House of Representatives rejected a $700 billion plan to bail out the financial system, putting a roadblock in front of the largest government intervention in the market since the Great Depression.

Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the failure of the bill, which President Bush had urged Congress to approve.

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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. J from DC

    While things seem to be going crazy, Obama is keeping his cool, and showing why he is such a strong candidate. McCain is back to lying in ads, and looking to blame shift now that Palin is only a small part of a growing Republican problem. Let Obama and the Democrats continue to do what they do best to make the country profitable. Old Joe Biden basically said it best when he took on both McCain and Palin, in his last speech. He did not get much press because of the bailout circus. Biden spoke to women issues, and on the economy. I think that is why so many women favor the Democratic Ticket. It is because Joe Biden was a real good choice. Biden is not only ready for the debate; he is also ready for the Oval Office. I am fully persuaded that Obama and Biden, can turn this economy and country around. Someone tell McCain, Palin and the entire Republican Party,”Thanks, but no Thanks.”

    September 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    This is what a true leader does.

    Not the cheap tricks and lies of McGimmick

    September 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. blake

    Obama leading.

    McCain blaming.

    September 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Cindy

    I wish I had your confidence, Senator Obama.

    Comeon, Congress... get your act together! The world is depending on you!

    September 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. DR in Los Angeles

    The reason we're in this mess in the first place is the poor way Wall Street was managed, or NOT managed; under Bush's administration... WE NEED CHANGE!!

    Obama in '08!

    September 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. ly

    The repubs have shown their true colours, this is newt gingrinch shutting down the US government redux. the country should fire them.

    September 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Melissa

    Is Palin ever going to release her tax returns

    September 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Kelly

    Thank you John McCain for your obnoxious grandstanding and putting party of country.

    The Dow crashes.
    The bailout plan tanks.

    Do you still want to take credit for these accomplishment, or are you the first rat to abandon ship.

    We need John McCain for president like we need a hole in our head.

    September 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. tulsa

    ......And once again, Senator Obama is the voice of reason.

    Thank you.

    September 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Sick & Tired

    All McCain knows is partisan politics and playing the blame game. He makes me want to vomit!

    September 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. andrew

    presidential.

    September 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Anita from Arizona

    Was I absent???? THe House Republicans rejected it. How is that the Dems fault??? Will the lies ever end???

    September 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. mn

    McCain plays more of the same blame game.
    Obama leads. Nuff said

    September 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Bruce

    Good advice from Obama...a voice of reason,.
    Rmemeber everyone fear and reaction will bring on action that none if us want.
    For McCain to play the blame game right now shows how he puts himself and his part y above the Country.
    Notice he is not leading us telling us to remain calm.
    Obama is showing the signs of a true leader someone who gets the big picture not the partisan side.
    Remember the famous quote,.,,,
    " the only thig we have to fear is fear itself"

    September 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. McShame, Houston TX

    Let's talk about K- 5 now that's worth talking about and Troopergate!!!!! Any thoughts?

    September 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Dan in FLORIDA

    Um... McCain... republicans are the ones who voted no... you couldn't even bring them in, much less reach across the aisle.

    Yet you blame Democrats? Have you completely lost all your marbles?

    No wonder why every toilet is called a John... they are both full of it.

    September 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Donna

    Is John "I suspended my campaign, wanted to postpone my debate, and then flew into town and ruined the previous deal but stayed for a photo op" McCain actually BLAMING Obama for putting politics first??

    LOL.............................................................................LOL...........................LOL...............LOL...............................LMAO!

    September 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. ralph

    McCain is just sore because his gambit to play hero blew up in his face.

    September 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. andrew

    Barack acts Presidential.
    McCain continues Partisan bickering and old ways.

    should be the title here...

    September 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. AJ

    Well that’s a relief. Now that the Messiah has spoken we can all breathe a sigh of relief and wait for the waters to part.
    Barf...

    September 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Brad Bates

    I would love to understand how democrats are playing politics, when 60% of them voted for this...30% or so of Republicans did. Republicans did not deliver and are now whining about a speech that was truthful, instead of stating why they could not deliver 13 more yes votes...who is playing politics?

    September 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    McCain is all over the place!!! He and conservative extremists have jeopardized the economic future of every American for generations to come. All McCain offers is panic, fear, and politics as usual. Obama offers practical plans, good judgment, and cool calmness in this time of uncertainty. I do not want another 4 to 8 years of "the sky is falling!!!"

    This is a serious issue that demands serious plans. I am really afraid for the economic stability of our beautiful nation.

    September 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Get Real

    Calm heads will prevail.... Thank you Barack

    When we negotiate and make decisions in fear...we usually regret the decision we made. McLiar and his infamous sidekick "SP" are fine examples of what fear and rushing will do.

    Out of Fear of Loosing McSenile picked SP

    Out of Fear of Poll numbers declining McLiar did a psedo-Campaign supension

    Out of Fear McAngry could not look at Barack durign the debates

    Out of Fear McWin At All cost has allowed his handlers to build a campaign on lies, fear, deceit and gimmicks.

    Enough is Enough

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Lourdes

    The American people aren't going to fall for McCain's lies about who really failed here. John McCain did NOTHING to move this bill forward... I suspect he wanted it to fail so that he could point fingers. Ridiculous.

    McCain = his ambition first, NOT our country.

    Worst presidential choice since the last Republican candidate.

    NO WAY NO HOW NO MCCAIN

    cnn – please don't keep me in moderation.

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. some guy in New Hampshire

    So let's review. Obama's response to the failed vote is to urge calm; McCain's is to blame Obama and the Democrats. Which is more constructive - trying to calm public fears or playing the political blame game? Which response puts "country first"? McCain flew to Washington to make sure a rescue plan is enacted and it's defeated because a majority of McCain's own parrty didn't vote for it. If McCain can't lead his own party after days of working the phones, and if his response to setbacks is to blame others, how is he going to get anything done if he's president? The more McCain tries, the more he fails.

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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